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World Architecture Festival

Winners Announced of Inaugural WAFX Prize for World’s Most Forward-Looking Architectural Concepts

12:45 - 12 October, 2017
Winners Announced of Inaugural WAFX Prize for World’s Most Forward-Looking Architectural Concepts, Overall Winner + Climate, Energy & Carbon Prize winner - The Hydroelectric Canal / Paul Lukez Architecture. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Overall Winner + Climate, Energy & Carbon Prize winner - The Hydroelectric Canal / Paul Lukez Architecture. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival

The World Architectural Festival has announced the 11 winners of their newest award slate, the WAFX Prize, sponsored by GreenCoat®, celebrating the world’s most forward-looking architecture. The prize is awarded to future projects that address key challenges architects with face over the next 10 years, spanning topics including climate, energy & carbon, water, ageing and health, re-use, smart cities, building technology, cultural identity, ethics, power and justice.

2017 Arcaid Awards Reveals Shortlist for World's Best Building Image

11:40 - 2 October, 2017

Arcaid Images has revealed the shortlist of 20 images in the running for the title of World’s Best Building Image in their 2017 Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards. The annual award selects photographs in four categories - Exterior, Interior, Sense of Place, and Building in Use - which are judged by an esteemed panel of designers, photographers and journalists based on their atmospheric quality, composition, use of scale and more.

“More than just informing people about the existence of such places, the best photos go beyond that and entice people to learn more about the buildings, cities, and landscapes – maybe even booking a flight to see them firsthand. That feeling hit me on numerous occasions,” said jury member John Hill, Editor of the World-Architects eMagazine.

Rafael Viñoly, Charles Jencks, and Kim Cook Among Lead Speakers for WAF 2017

06:00 - 26 September, 2017
Rafael Viñoly, Charles Jencks, and Kim Cook Among Lead Speakers for WAF 2017, Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Courtesy of World Architecture Festival

The World Architecture Festival (WAF) has announced their program for the 2017 edition focusing on the theme of “Performance.” An incredible list of speakers including Alison Brooks, Charles Jencks, Pierre de Meuron and France Kéré will feature across 3 days from November 15th to 17th at the Arena Berlin, Germany. Conferences, city tours, lectures and critiques of the shortlisted projects from the 2017 WAF awards are among the events scheduled for the festival.

The seminars, speeches, debates and discussions will examine “the topic of performance from the perspectives of housing, public spaces, festivals, cultural institutions and new technologies.”

The Power of Architectural Drawing: The Sketches That Saved St. Mark's

04:00 - 24 August, 2017
The Power of Architectural Drawing: The Sketches That Saved St. Mark's, <a href=“https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Study_of_the_Marble_Inlaying_on_the_Front_of_the_Casa_Loredan.jpg”>Study of the Marble Inlaying on the Front of the Casa Loredan, Venice. Pencil, watercolour, and bodycolour, 32 x 26.7cm</a> (1845) licensed under Public Domain. Image Courtesy of John Ruskin
Study of the Marble Inlaying on the Front of the Casa Loredan, Venice. Pencil, watercolour, and bodycolour, 32 x 26.7cm (1845) licensed under Public Domain. Image Courtesy of John Ruskin

This short essay, written by the author and critic Jonathan Glancey, coincides with the launch of the inaugural Architecture Drawing Prize – a competition curated by the World Architecture Festival, the Sir John Soane's Museum, and Make. The deadline for the award is the 18th September 2017 and successful entries will be exhibited in both London and Berlin.

For John Ruskin, Venetian Gothic design in the guise of polychromatic gasworks in Brentford, ornate factory chimneys in Croydon, glistering gin palaces in Bloomsbury and even the well-meaning Reform Club in Manchester was nothing short of anathema. Even at their risible best, these flamboyant Victorian buildings were idle travesties of the influential 19th Century critic’s beloved Ca’ d’Oro and Palazzo Ducale adorning the Grand Canal.

Shortlist Revealed for World Architecture Festival Awards 2017

05:05 - 7 July, 2017
Shortlist Revealed for World Architecture Festival Awards 2017

The World Architecture Festival has announced the shortlist for their 2017 awards slate, featuring 434 projects ranging from  small family homes, to schools, stations, museums, large infrastructure and landscape projects. The world’s largest architectural award program, the WAF Awards year saw more participation this year than ever before, with a total of 924 entries received from projects located in 68 countries across the world.

WAF Reveals Theme for 2017 World Architecture Festival

18:00 - 31 May, 2017
WAF Reveals Theme for 2017 World Architecture Festival, Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Courtesy of World Architecture Festival

UPDATE: You still have time to perfect and submit your award-winning entries! The final entry deadline for the World Architecture Festival Awards is this Friday 2 June at Midnight (BST). 

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World Architecture Festival (WAF) has announced the theme for the tenth edition of the conference: ‘Performance.’

Held November 15-17 at the Arena Berlin in Germany, the festival will focus on the topic of performance in architecture. This will include several new additions to the tour program, including a visit to Hans Scharoun’s revolutionary Berlin Philharmonie; Gerhard Spangenberg’s Radialsystem V, a former pump station transformed into a venue for contemporary dance and music; and Frank Gehry’s recently-completed Pierre Boulez Concert Hall.

Guangzhou Opera House / Zaha Hadid Architects; Shortlisted - Culture, 2011. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center / Grimshaw; Shortlisted - Culture, 2009. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival Grande Halle / Agence Moatti et Rivière; Entrant - Culture, 2009. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival La Llotja Theatre and Congress Center / Mecanoo; Shortlisted - Culture, 2010. Image Courtesy of World Architecture Festival + 18

World Architecture Festival Announces the 2017 Awards 'Super Jury'

14:30 - 22 May, 2017
World Architecture Festival Announces the 2017 Awards 'Super Jury', 2015 World Building of the Year Winner, The Interlace (Singapore) / OMA and Ole Scheeren. Image © Iwan Baan
2015 World Building of the Year Winner, The Interlace (Singapore) / OMA and Ole Scheeren. Image © Iwan Baan

The World Architecture Festival (WAF) has announced four internationally recognized names as members of the Super Jury that will judge the awards program at the 2017 Festival in Berlin this November. After the selection of winners from across 31 categories on the first two days of the event, category winners will present to the Super Jury, who will decided the winners of the World Landscape, Future Project and Completed Building of the Year Awards.

World Architecture Festival Launches Manifesto for the Architectural Profession

14:15 - 21 February, 2017
World Architecture Festival Launches Manifesto for the Architectural Profession, 2016 World Building of the Year, National Museum in Szczecin by Robert Konieczny + KWK Promes . Image © Juliusz Sokołowski
2016 World Building of the Year, National Museum in Szczecin by Robert Konieczny + KWK Promes . Image © Juliusz Sokołowski

The World Architecture Festival has announced the launch of the 10th edition of the event referred to as the “Oscars of architecture” by launching the “WAF Manifesto,” which identifies key challenges the profession will face over the next ten years. Aimed at generated funding for architectural research, the manifesto outlines a range of topics where architects can use their influence to affect society as a whole.

Real Takes on Real(ly Successful) Housing Experiments

09:30 - 13 December, 2016
Real Takes on Real(ly Successful) Housing Experiments

The challenges associated with the provision of adequate and affordable housing around the world demand that architects respond with original solutions that challenge traditional building forms, typologies and methods of delivery.

In recognition of this demand, last month’s World Architecture Festival in Berlin chose housing as its thematic focus. The festival made headlines with Patrik Schumacher’s inflammatory keynote speech that called for cities to be turned over entirely to market forces, scrapping social housing and privatizing all public space. The controversy that followed belied the diversity of the discourse on housing at the Festival and the presentation of innovative architectural responses to housing challenges.

Nabil Gholam Wins 2016 World Architecture Festival with Bank Headquarters

08:00 - 4 December, 2016
Nabil Gholam Wins 2016 World Architecture Festival with Bank Headquarters, © nabil gholam architects
© nabil gholam architects

Nabil Gholam Architects' unbuilt proposal for a future bank headquarters competition, a.spire, has been named the winner of the Office-Future project category at World Architecture Festival 2016. The project, designed for the Mar Mikhael neighborhood of Beirut, Lebanon, is a flexible intervention meant to both meet the client's needs in the present day and adapt to its long-term evolution.

© nabil gholam architects © nabil gholam architects © nabil gholam architects © nabil gholam architects + 13

"Creative Cynic" Peter Cook Explains Why Archigram Designs Were Always Meant to Be Built

11:30 - 21 November, 2016

Last week ArchDaily attended the 2016 World Architecture Festival in Berlin. We chatted with Sir Peter Cook and asked him about the current state of global affairs (Brexit, the US election, etc). He explained how his experience and work has influenced a career that has spanned over five decades, and reminds us of the inspiring power of architecture. 

Peter Cook: You have to understand that I'm a very particular kind of animal both politically and in my general opinions. I'm what I would call a creative cynic. I'm an old person and I've seen a lot of not very good things happen. On the other hand I was privileged as a child to have free education and free college. 

Robert Konieczny + KWK Promes' National Museum in Szczecin Named World Building of the Year 2016

17:25 - 18 November, 2016
Robert Konieczny + KWK Promes' National Museum in Szczecin Named World Building of the Year 2016, National Museum in Szczecin - Dialogue Centre Przełomy / Robert Konieczny + KWK Promes. Image via World Architecture Festival
National Museum in Szczecin - Dialogue Centre Przełomy / Robert Konieczny + KWK Promes. Image via World Architecture Festival

Robert Konieczny + KWK Promes' National Museum in Szczecin - Dialogue Centre Przełomy has been named the World Building of the Year 2016 as the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Berlin comes to a close. The project consists of an atmospheric underground museum below an expansive, undulating public plaza, adjacent to Barozzi Veiga's Mies van der Rohe Award-winning Philharmonic Hall Szczecin.

The National Museum in Szczecin - Dialogue Centre Przelomy is now the ninth project to hold the World Building of the Year title. Last year, the award was given to "The Interlace" by OMA and Buro Ole Scheeren.

Winners of the year's Future Project, Landscape, and Small Project awards were also announced. Read on to see the winning projects with comments from the jury. 

Hangzhou AN Interior's Black Cant System Named World's Best Interior of 2016

17:18 - 18 November, 2016
Hangzhou AN Interior's Black Cant System Named World's Best Interior of 2016, Winner of 2016 World Interior of the Year: Black Cant System - HEIKE fashion brand concept store (Hangzhou, China) / Hangzhou AN Interior Design. Image via World Festival of Interiors
Winner of 2016 World Interior of the Year: Black Cant System - HEIKE fashion brand concept store (Hangzhou, China) / Hangzhou AN Interior Design. Image via World Festival of Interiors

Hangzhou AN Interior Design's design for the retail brand Heike has been named the world's best interior of 2016. Announced at the INSIDE World Festival of Interiors in Berlin, which took place alongside the World Architecture Festival, the winner of the prize was selected from among 9 category winners, which in turn were picked out of a shortlist totaling 62 projects. The Black Cant System was also the winner of the retail category.

Described by the designers as a "glum interior" with a "futuristic melancholy atmosphere" for the retail brand, the centerpiece of the design is a large, dark wedge housing many of the store's functional components such as fitting rooms and staircases.

Read on for more images of, and for the full list of category winners.

Winner of 2016 World Interior of the Year: Black Cant System - HEIKE fashion brand concept store (Hangzhou, China) / Hangzhou AN Interior Design. Image via World Festival of Interiors Winner of 2016 World Interior of the Year: Black Cant System - HEIKE fashion brand concept store (Hangzhou, China) / Hangzhou AN Interior Design. Image via World Festival of Interiors Winner of 2016 World Interior of the Year: Black Cant System - HEIKE fashion brand concept store (Hangzhou, China) / Hangzhou AN Interior Design. Image via World Festival of Interiors Winner of 2016 World Interior of the Year: Black Cant System - HEIKE fashion brand concept store (Hangzhou, China) / Hangzhou AN Interior Design. Image via World Festival of Interiors + 13

Matt Emmett Wins Arcaid Award for World's Best Building Image 2016

15:50 - 18 November, 2016
Matt Emmett Wins Arcaid Award for World's Best Building Image 2016, Photographer: Matt Emmett - Building: Covered Reservoir, Finsbury Park, London, United Kingdom / East London Water Works Company 1868. . Image via Arcaid Images
Photographer: Matt Emmett - Building: Covered Reservoir, Finsbury Park, London, United Kingdom / East London Water Works Company 1868. . Image via Arcaid Images

Matt Emmett’s photograph of the East London Water Works Company covered reservoir in Finsbury Park, built 1868, has been named the winner of the 2016 Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Award. Announced on the final day of the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Berlin, the image was notable for being the first winner to feature a historic location as its subject, and drew comparisons to a Piranesi print.

World Architecture Festival Awards 2016 Announces Day 2 Winners

14:28 - 17 November, 2016
World Architecture Festival Awards 2016 Announces Day 2 Winners

The second group of winners of the World Architecture Festival’s (WAF) 2016 category awards have been announced today on day 2 of the event, held this year in Berlin, Germany.

The 16 Day 2 winners will now go on to compete against the 14 Day 1 winners for the title of 2016 World Building of the Year. The projects will be presented in front of a Super Jury, which includes Kai-Uwe Bergmann (BIG), Louisa Hutton (Sauerbruch Hutton), David Chipperfield, Ole Scheeren, and ArchDaily's co-founder and Editor-in-Chief David Basulto.

Check out the Day 1 winners here and view the Day 2 winners after the break. 

Winners of Day 1 World Architecture Festival Awards 2016 Announced

15:39 - 16 November, 2016
Winners of Day 1 World Architecture Festival Awards 2016 Announced

Fourteen projects have been announced as category winners of the The World Architecture Festival’s (WAF) 2016 awards on Day 1 of the festival. Winners in 32 categories will be named over the first two days of the conference, and will then go on to compete for the title of the World Building of the Year 2016, to be announced on Friday.

The world’s largest architectural awards program, the 2016 WAF Awards consisted of 343 projects from 58 countries around the world. Finalists projects will be invited to present their project live at the festival to a "super jury" that includes Kai-Uwe Bergmann (BIG), Louisa Hutton (Sauerbruch Hutton), David Chipperfield, Ole Scheeren, and ArchDaily's co-founder and Editor-in-Chief David Basulto, who will determine the grand prize winner.

You can check out the full shortlist here, and see which built and future projects took home awards after the break.

20 of the World's Best Building Images Shortlisted for Arcaid Awards 2016

12:10 - 28 October, 2016
20 of the World's Best Building Images Shortlisted for Arcaid Awards 2016, via Arcaid Images
via Arcaid Images

Arcaid has shortlisted 20 of the year’s best architectural photographs in the running for the 2016 Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards. The annual award presents prizes in four categories - Exteriors, Interiors, Sense of Place, and Building in Use - and judged by an esteemed panel on their atmospheric quality, composition, use of scale and more.

This year, judges for the award include Emily Booth, executive editor of The Architectural Review; artist and Sto Werkstatt curator Amy Croft; Katy Harris, director of communications at Foster + Partners; architect Kai-Uwe Bergmann of BIG and photographers Fernando Guerra and Ulrich Müller.

The photographs will be showcased at World Architecture Festival from November 16-18 in Berlin, Germany, where the overall winner will be announced. The shortlist of 20 images is as follows:

UNStudio's Ben van Berkel Among 3 New Speakers Revealed for WAF 2016

16:00 - 23 October, 2016
UNStudio's Ben van Berkel Among 3 New Speakers Revealed for WAF 2016, via World Architecture Festival
via World Architecture Festival

Three new sessions have been announced for the 2016 World Architecture Festival (WAF), held from November 16-18 in Berlin, Germany. Adding to the impressive list of speakers at the event will be Ben van Berkel, founder of UNStudio, who will lecture on “Superliving - from exclusive to inclusive”; Carlos Zedillo of Infonavit discussing “Architect as instigator”; and Qutub Mandviwala, MQA, who will present on “Housing and cultural difference.”

Said Ben van Berkel about the event: “It is essential to understand that ‘housing for everyone’ is not simply a matter of providing homes for all, it is also a question of what the home of the future should be; how we can meet the demands of all future residents and provide housing that fulfils their varied and changing needs.”